This page gives you information about the different treatments for cancer. It also has:
The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) will suggest the best treatment plan if cancer is discovered. Treatment options depend on many things, like the type and stage of your cancer, your age and your general health. Most importantly, it depends on what you want.
You will be given support from your key-worker and cancer specialist to assess the benefit and risks of each cancer treatment and decide which is best for you.
Treatment to kill or remove cancer cells (primary treatment): primary treatment aims to remove the cancer from your body or kill the cancer cells. The most common primary cancer treatment is surgery – although any cancer treatment can be used as primary therapy.
Treatment to shrink your tumour before surgery (neo-adjuvant therapy): the aim of neo-adjuvant therapy is to shrink down your cancer before surgery to make it easier to remove. Any cancer treatment can be used as neo-adjuvant therapy. Common neo-adjuvant therapies include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.
Treatment to kill any remaining cancer cells (adjuvant therapy): the aim of adjuvant therapy is to kill any cancer cells that may remain after primary treatment. Any cancer treatment can be used as an adjuvant therapy. Common adjuvant therapies include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.
Treatment to manage side effects of cancer and its treatment (palliative care): palliative care aims to decrease pain or other symptoms and help you maintain quality of life during and after cancer treatment. We have an excellent palliative care unit at the hospital.